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Field Trip

August 9, 2012

My (former) sister-in-law came to whisk us away to her home one day. The kids were eager to meet her and their “real” cousins [the cousins who live with the grandparents are progeny of the second wife’s children and Odhiambo does not consider them “real” siblings, therefore their children are not “real” cousins]. I had met two of these nieces 10 years ago, so it was nice to see how they have grown. Gladys had been a widow then, but she has re-married and had a new daughter who is Peter’s age.

I noticed that Mary, the five-year-old was wearing a very familiar dress. My mom made this gunne sax dress for me in the early 80s and here, 30 years later, it lives on and is loved in Kenya. I knew Odhiambo had brought over left over clothes his first trip back, but I never imagined that I would SEE them again.

The purple gingham, the pearl buttons…man I loved that dress. The 80s were so terrible.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Amira permalink
    August 23, 2012 11:37 pm

    I am loving reading about your trip.

  2. Ganie permalink
    August 24, 2012 12:18 am

    This is trivial compared to the baby elephants and giraffes and transportation adventures, but…Gunne Sax! I’d forgotten all about Gunne Sax!

    • August 25, 2012 2:58 am

      Can’t forget Gunne Sax (incidentally–that is an outrageous spelling–I blame it on the 80s).

  3. Deborah Pulley permalink
    September 3, 2012 8:52 pm

    Who didn’t own a Gunne Sax dress in the 80s?

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